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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in February 2010 at 5.4% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0 -0.1
Omaha 3.0% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in February 2010 at 24,890. There are now 10,558 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,941 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,391. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 14,332 +49 -293

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 3.0% 14,332
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 3.0% 14,283
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.8% 13,395
February
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.7% 12,941
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.8% 13,150
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 3.0% 14,358
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 3.0% 14,403
October
2017
4.1% 2.9% 3.0% 14,403
September
2017
4.2% 2.9% 3.0% 14,570
August
2017
4.4% 2.9% 3.1% 14,704
July
2017
4.3% 2.9% 3.1% 14,623

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.